2BDYNAMIC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=2BDYNAMIC 2BDYNAMIC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ -The Woman In The Mirror- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256833 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/edb8536b-774e-482a-b44a-06f55eed2cd5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Looking through the eyes of innocence is a whole other world.... <BR> As a child, I asked my Mother if we could buy 'such an such.' <BR> She answered, "No, we can't afford it right now." ...... "But, I questioned, "Well you could just write a check." ....... I thought that's what adults did. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e34e92ea-02d8-4a4d-beda-ea250c3cb788.jpg... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:50:49 EST -Don't Let Anyone Trick You With "Treats"- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254147 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b5239c46-e3b8-4285-a0a6-879932f51458.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Get ready! Temptation is going to come knocking at your door! .... If only Temptation was as obvious as the nose on the witch's face, we wouldn't open the door would we? .... Unfortunately, the tempter does not always have a wicked look and an unsightly wart. Sometimes, they are quite sweet and likable people. Maybe someone you know. Beware anyway! <BR> <BR> And something that has been o... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:00:59 EST -Do You Have a Mantra?- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250811 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0dce98d8-a9e4-4485-a5e3-dc39383fb2a3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Any of you remember that one? Go thru each petal......he loves me, he loves me not? <BR> This picture reminded me of my new mantra ...... which I consider before falling into a web of deceit. "Will it Do something FOR me ..........or TO me?" ..... <BR> In addition to making 'small changes daily" I added this mantra and it is working! .... <BR> Again, the picture reminds me to LOVE myself .... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 07:27:11 EST -Shhh! Don't Tell! I'm Getting a Head Start!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247801 I got to thinking, If the three little pigs could outsmart the big bad wolf who wanted to devour them, why can't you and I learn from that lesson? . Truth is, I believe we CAN! .... Let's do some brainstorming! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a213f993-c3d7-49bc-a191-23c092def308.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As we all recall, the wise pigs got a 'head start' on their journey to town! .... And that got <BR> me to thinking and devising a plan for success! <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 10:00:10 EST -I NEED Motivation-Said NO KID Ever!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245110 Looking back, I do not recall a time when any of my three children said "Mom, I need motivation to go play; ....However, a spark friend, and team member asked this week on the wall , "what motivates you?" (ALLTHE CUPCAKES) <BR> <BR> Good question. <BR> Actually, you know none of us need be a magician to pull the rabbit out of the hat.. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f994cab6-542e-4a09-b862-6165b39bac9f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes things are under our very nose ...... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 11:18:02 EST Boy! Did I EVER Get Away With Something! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240515 Am I the only one who this has ever happened to? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/86406146-8c45-47fe-9837-1b98fdc6a3bc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's 'Rush Hour' and you race anxiously through traffic to the grocery store for those 'three' items for the dinner you 'meant' to plan, but again forgot. Nonetheless, As you muscle your way through the crowded aisles, you wonder, "What was it again?" .... <BR> But you know, I made a discovery. I really did. I discovered there ... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:12:44 EST -There is LIFE To LIVE Outside the Cubicle- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236800 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8de9d7cc-3f8a-41de-981b-53bfa980ee1e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Who says the Honeymoon has to end? .... Whether it is in marriage, relationships, or our initial honeymoon on Sparks.... I am finding ways to rekindle the flame. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of September I said, "this is my month" ... <BR> First of all after 38 to 40 years of service in healthcare I am able to finally semi retire ... <BR> I still have my 'hand in it' but with half the t... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:50:16 EST -Who Doesn't Like Saving $$?- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232403 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ebad3a3e-38b2-48df-862a-28d408969e71.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Who enjoys watching money leave our hands ....almost faster than we can make it? Not Me! And probably not you either, right? But you know, just because it is your 'day off' is no reason you can not still be earning money without leaving your home ......What? <em>40</em> ....How can I be making money if i am not working? C'mon! .Let's get out of that box ......and expand our minds. <B... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 17:03:48 EST -If I Don't Take Care of Me-WHO WILL? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229402 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec819b6b-6071-4eec-9f1a-a8219778049f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever noticed what happens to your home if you were to let things go for days on end? .. For instance, can't find the car keys or that important receipt; the trash and recycling is mountain high and the dishes are sky high in the sink and all over-the-counter...not to mention: ignoring that ant trail! Now I know that's a bit far fetched as I'm sure most of us would not let thi... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 10:01:32 EST Oh No! I Got BUZZED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225641 Unfortunately, it is true! ....I am old enough to know better and, believe me, I did not deliberately set out to get Buzzed ..... But life is funny and in a single moment, my life changed before my eyes!.... It has been a long...... long time since anything like this has happened ... But here goes: (Please try not to judge) ...lol <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ec6702c-c9d7-4dc9-b9ca-6a821cd531ed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First I am going to tell what happened in rever... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:36:12 EST Are You Getting Enough ME Time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223026 Is ME time something we put on the 'back burner' .... while we postpone quiet moments of sheer solitude away from noise and busyness for later? .... Maybe something we will get 'when we retire' ..... Who knows ... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/12583efd-f9d8-4d20-8fdf-e28ef2f201fa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I remember the earliest years........Kindergarten, where "time-outs" were actually a brief nap. We were each issued a mat and we laid down without making a peep...... W... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:39:59 EST -I'm In Spark People Heaven!' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217742 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b3813a6-a0b7-465b-a298-0a405c951d1a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got up early and gave my hubby a gift .... He will find out when he logs on to Sparks! .... shhh .... Don't tell him! ....(52BINCE)..... I'm not sure if he would have bought it for himself ....so I took no chances! ..... I love waking up to happy surprises, don't you?.... <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> What was the gift, you ask? ... <BR> Well I heard him complaining about all the pop up ads he... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 10:57:11 EST -Will Rushing Get Us 'There' Faster?- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216539 Which do you think is the wiser approach to fitness? Consistency in balancing exercise and eating healthy or pressuring ourselves to 'get to our goals at break neck speeds? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a68dcdb3-d8ef-4ae3-a798-33cfc65ff2de.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I remember the day my dad took me out for a driving lesson. In heavy traffic. <BR> He sat quietly in the passenger seat as I came out of our neighborhood and stopped briefly to get on the freeway.... Too bri... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 06:31:29 EST Keep Your Spark Turned On! .. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212670 When I get up each morning I turn lights on and open a window to to let me know it's time to wake up and come out of that cozy slumber. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d388ce3f-1c29-4d0b-a7c9-4600790e2f03.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of the next things I do to start my morning is to turn my Spark lights on and get connected. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef214a43-bcfc-4a53-99b7-f31c1200b5c6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I like to read through the frien... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 09:56:17 EST -From Hand To Mouth- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209217 Ever wonder where it all began ......... That 'wanting to stick things in our mouth' for comfort? Recently a Spark Friend said she was having a struggle ..... going through painful physical therapy and afterwards having food cravings to thwart the pain. Brainstormed what to do ....... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/422adabb-b215-4960-a3d6-a5509edab1a0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am posting part of my response to her .... <BR> <BR> It's a natural response to pain to com... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:02:59 EST -NEVER Apologize For Who You Are!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205284 Today I read a post from someone' who admitted to being 'ashamed' of being seen by anyone if she were 'caught' exercising. She said she could only exercise when 'no one' was watching. <BR> I wanted to jump from my page right to where she was and say, "C'mon ..........I will go walk with you in public or go to the gym with you! ..... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df5d55b0-59ae-4ae2-a0d6-20373dc14aba.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I care enough about my body and my health ...... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:54:29 EST -HURRY! Comb Your Bed Hair!!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201921 One trick to fitness Motivation is to NOT look in the mirror first thing in the morning and see THIS! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bdb1b932-face-408e-a3db-7859980571c7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Why....Should I wear a hairnet to bed? <BR> What could happen?" You ask <BR> Pictures are suggestive and I will explain. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e42cb0ed-1e0d-46a2-9d07-b05e5bcb6116.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This kind of rumpled image speaks softly .... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:11:57 EST -Our Lifestyle Can Make Us or Break Us!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197499 I ask: Who can afford to be sick in terms of high health care costs , let alone endure something we could have prevented. ...Certainly some things may be due to injury, some genetic, and things out of our control. But many illnesses are preventable if we will exercise our common sense, exercise and eat well; ...the dollars and cents we save may be our entire life savings. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2baf7ec-4e6b-4ef7-8119-015d1e94a5f6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For an... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 11:03:46 EST -Please Help Me Blow Out All These Birthday Candles- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192817 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ce6985ec-7cc7-4de5-99db-b2a4b53a1815.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This Sunday marks a 'milestone' birthday for me ......... But don't ask me <BR> to 'hold up fingers to reveal my age.' ........ (I don't have enough fingers for <BR> this one!) '..... I can tell you this:, it will "take a village" to blow out all the candles! <BR> ( I need your help friends LOL) ....But, don't worry; It's still in the two digit range) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 07:05:08 EST How Many Spark Tools Do You Use Daily? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189268 If I had not taken a measurement lately, I would not have known I had lost 2.5" off my waist! .... How exciting is that! ...... In less than three weeks! And when I saw my Doctor this week, I had lost 3# since the last visit. And I wear shorts in public ..... quite comfortably! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/99e44432-ae98-4197-b87f-c83ebbbc8638.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was happy, noticed a change and am feeling better in my clothes. But that caused me to think ............ Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:00:51 EST -My Choice-THIS Or THAT- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185098 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af8de8ae-82b8-42a0-a8b1-ed7f6e8844ff.png"> <BR> <BR> Where does it all begin? ....... perhaps the single most important thing we can exercise routinely is our WILL ........... We have the vision, the desire, and tools at our fingertips. But WILL we? .... <BR> <BR> Quite often I awake on Saturday morning ....... with such great intention. Bag is ready to go to the gym for either a swim, or cardio in the weight room. Nice to have choices. ... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 09:53:44 EST How To DIY TUMMY TUCK! ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180566 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed7d9478-604e-4ef6-86b1-4c2b7f18e954.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I had to grab needle and thread for a quick nip and tuck .... when suddenly I thought, "We live in a world now where DIY in most anything is encouraged, right?".... So what if we could take a few tucks and trim that tummy and chisel our waistline while we're at it? ... Why Not ? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f0d920f-5054-45cb-8bc8-8d8fefc47020.jpg"> <BR> ... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 22:29:42 EST Treat Negativity Like a Virus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177012 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/56c91764-1e76-4c5e-b126-8869eb991f0f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever noticed how you feel after someone has used you as a 'sounding board' for their gripes and complaints? ..... I know it is easy to jump on the bandwagon.......But wait .. Think things over and make up your own mind before you decide to join in. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2fe4415-e229-44a6-af6b-d6010c85fe77.jpg"> <BR> Funny how negative or positive eac... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 16:10:27 EST -Success is Not Always Black and White- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176280 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bceb5376-51bb-4d06-bebb-e3a24065c7bb.png"> <BR> <BR> Why is it we tend to give ourselves pass or fail for our week as if we need a weekly report card! We stick labels on ourselves seeing our efforts as either Pass or Fail. We categorize ...while lumping things into Win or Lose. There seems to be no-win between . <BR> Remember ........ Just because our week did not necessarily go as planned does not mean it is the end of the world. <BR> <B... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 09:53:43 EST C'mon! Is Fast Food REALLY Dangerous!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172941 After all, most all fast food places put a pickle, a slice of tomato, and lettuce leaf on the burgers! ..... Counts for one veggie, right? ... So, what's the big deal? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e41310ca-0410-4092-afeb-2bda1586048e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever wondered why they call it FAST FOOD? <BR> My thinking ...It's must be full of lots of AIR the way it blows people up! .... <em>29</em> <BR> Looking back, I am trying to recall when Fast Food and th... Mon, 30 May 2016 09:15:14 EST -Which Image Do You Choose?- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170906 When you look at yourself in the mirror, WHO do you see? ..... Do you see the image you are right now .....or do you look BEYOND and see your new 'desired' body image? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/58173a52-d64b-459e-9ea1-2271e1d20b45.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I noticed on Spark Coach, they frequently ask you to IMAGINE ...for instance: <BR> <BR> Spark Coach Word for 5-26-16 <BR> "For today's visualization exercise, imagine yourself doing something at your goal weight t... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:15:38 EST Q. .... Is Tracking our Foods Really Necessary? .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167453 I could ask you another question instead. <BR> How important is it that we note all entries in our bank ledger? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c3ab4888-2e23-4c6b-97ab-8acf8a8a4a6f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Take Fred who says he never has the time for 'all that hoopla'. <BR> Too much bother! <BR> He is now with the banker trying to figure WHY he is overdrawn. <BR> <BR> For simplicity sake, let's say you deposit $1000 in your checking account. <BR> You go to various s... Sat, 21 May 2016 10:17:07 EST -Time to Decide- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162679 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/83aae19e-6c3f-47ea-8564-03d564083bd3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever gone through a phase something like this? <BR> What do I wear today?...... what are we going to eat?.... <BR> How do I know anymore what I SHOULD eat?....... <BR> Decisions decisions!..... what to do! <BR> <BR> I noticed as I get older in life I admit to growing wiser . <BR> There also seems to be a distinct trade-off between youth and the more mature years shall we say.... Sat, 14 May 2016 09:21:25 EST -Could Be You Are More Motivated Than You Think- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158110 It seems I read a lot of posts from members saying they have no motivation or perhaps newbies wanting to know how to find motivation. <BR> <BR> It is a common topic but you know it's something each of us faces upon waking every day. We alone must decide: Every day we make the decision to progress toward our health and fitness lifestyle .......... or get caught up in the busyness of life and before you know it the sun is setting and we wish we had done something. <BR> <BR> Truth is: Wha... Sat, 7 May 2016 09:29:39 EST Look Better-Feel Better-Live Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153307 One day I asked on a Spark team:.... "What is your chief motivating reason for exercise?" <BR> I pondered my own question and this is what I came up with. <BR> It's not complicated and in fact it's really quite simple. <BR> <BR> 1. To look better <BR> 2. To feel better <BR> 3. To live longer ...looking and feeling better! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24c2a162-8ef3-442e-be94-66de658b4cf3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's a simple formula, and an easy mantra <BR> I do... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:56:12 EST -What Are We Doing To Protect Our Brain?- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148497 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ae9ccf04-1ba2-49d2-860d-4daa59eb6151.jpg"> <BR> Star light ... star bright ... make everything in my world all right. <BR> <BR> I remember as a young child wanting all those I loved to be well and always be with me. Children need security ..... plain and simple. Hopefully while young, that brief period of life known as childhood is lived through innocence, naivety, and feeling carefree. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 08:52:28 EST -You And I Are Too Smart To Be Outsmarted!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143451 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cbc8bb53-5deb-42b5-9692-0057fc29cd05.png"> <BR> <BR> Now you are I know, this frivolous kind of thinking is downright dangerous! .... We have grown up and moved on! Oh yeah! ... We are a force not to be reckoned with! .. Oh Yeah! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19cd90b1-ba73-4e24-9962-eddeed19dda6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And I KNOW here in Sparks, we are all smart enough by now to know when we are offered FREE food or drin... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 10:16:49 EST -When The Scale Won't Budge!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138413 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a803e6d-c9c1-468e-a5ba-224471132761.jpg"> <BR> Recently I read a Spark friend's blog who was discouraged, and can you guess why? .... Predictably, once again, it was her weekly weigh in and the scales did not budge, in spite of all her hard efforts! .... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f35e899c-0fe8-407c-9066-96c9e7a6afc6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She said she was sure she did 'everything right' ..... tracking, watching por... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 10:40:06 EST -Good Thing I Have TWO Feet!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124283 This morning I got up ... cheery as usual ... Plans made-full of great ideas and suddenly ... There it was! ... I had TWO Left feet! ... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25ff758c-909f-4dea-8985-9dcf08c05e0e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is easy to trip up with two left feet! First, I slept funny and neck was bent out of shape! .... Hubby rubbed it out before he ran off to work .... Then .. Ah! House to myself.... I will get a few things done! ....... Started with banking a... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 10:45:42 EST -Does Anyone Like a Bratty Child I Ask?- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120945 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0149a4e6-e00e-41bc-a6e5-62f54bd77eaa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The world is a different place from when I grew up. Last week I was in a store and the parents of three children were ahead of me. I got to witness little Johnny .... (a fictitious name) ....... in a high pitched voice shriek, "LOOK Mommy!!! .... Can I have one of deese? .... his pudgy fingers squishing something resembling twinkies. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:59:24 EST Something Beautiful is Worth Protecting- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115900 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50d6504b-e03c-4239-afc4-59272ed1f53b.jpg"> <BR> By now, you and I have come to the realization that life is short. Once a kid, and in a blink you turn around and wonder where the time went. We can't bring our youth back once gone, but we are here and we want to make each day good .... and rightfully so .... enjoy our lives ..... But .... have you ever noticed..... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9776de25-b9fd-400b... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:51:24 EST -Life May Not Always Be Perfect But...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110412 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f1fdb30-528a-458f-a2bf-72f42813fdb3.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday while walking through a store with my hubby, I started down an aisle and had one of those lifes' eye catching' moments. An older lady, who was (no disrespect intended-but for lack of correct words was a 'little people." ..... She was standing on top of the seat on her motorized chair and reaching with all her might for an item on a high shelf. ...... My first thought was, "Oh my goodness... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 14:32:17 EST -Sparks Pays Us Well To Drink Our Water- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106600 Ok ... Before you ask, "When do they pay us...I haven't received one red nickel yet... so how are they paying us? .......... Well, is seems we all like to get our spark points, right? ... So in a sense they are paying us ...... but in points. We can get 5 points a day for drinking 8 glasses of water. So, in one month time that is 150 spark points and 1825 points in one year! ..Doesn't that make it worth it! ... lol ..... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e501ac98-2e10-45... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 08:30:42 EST We Can't Buy Back Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100483 When you think about it, time could be the most precious commodity we have. In a sense, it is like our earnings. We invest our money well, spend wisely, stretch the dollar and plan to have something to show for our hard earned work. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cfb47831-18ea-4a8d-9a81-8ac1c3bc95a6.jpg"> <BR> The common ground between time and money is once you spend it ..... it is gone .... and we all know we have to put our time 'in' before we get more money. Emp... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:51:35 EST Celebrate Life-Before-During and After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089873 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b027fe26-b85e-4204-bb07-cd88b7cc998d.jpg"> ............This month I am celebrating four years here in Sparks! Celebrations are fun and it's best if we celebrate milestones as we journey through life. And over time, have you noticed how words or terms change.... For instance, it used to be when someone passed on, a service called a funeral took place and quite often it is called a "Celebration of Life." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 08:44:32 EST -When to Say NO and Mean It- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086627 Just last week a man I know came to me at work and said, "Please pray for my Mother; she has been diagnosed with lung cancer." ...... We talked further, explaining she never smoked a day in her life but added ........ "Of course she was around second hand smoke as her sister is a heavy smoker and she sees her all the time." ..... (He did not seem to think that was life threatening). He further added, "Well after all, it is my Aunt and what can you do?" <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:44:39 EST -Things I Witnessed in 40 Years of Health Care- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083894 I began my career as a Nurse and was chosen to work in Intensive care ... day shift full time. It was there I felt like I had seen just about everything. The one thing I was impressed with was just how fragile life can be. One day it may look like all is well ..... But then ..... life can be unpredictable. I was young and had just graduated so my eyes were opened wide. I experienced first hand daily suffering and family members often gathered at the bedside of their loved ones ..... cho... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 12:05:39 EST Priorities ..... Are We High on the List? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077963 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b6def15-3f03-4b29-99a6-2f3fc0c6d39e.jpg"> <BR> The scenario was Wednesday ...... Awoke at 3:45 ...usual time... and groped along groggily to the kitchen for the coffee pot ... I listened to the sound of my mind racing with the anthem of things I needed to do. As I released a sleepy sigh and sipped my coffee I had this thought ...... "Where exactly do I put myself in the scheme of things ..... On the front burner ...... or the back burner" t... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 15:40:20 EST -When You Can't See the Forest For The Trees- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070861 Friends, you may be going through something right now that is difficult or a challenge that has you feeling a bit overwhelmed. I have not blogged since December 26th for that very reason. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/13816025-6db9-4de7-9522-c5bd0778862f.jpg"> <BR> I have been in a situation to where my mind felt as though I was in a blizzard .... from waking until I was able to go to sleep at night. (I will however spare you the details) <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 10:10:45 EST -If You Smack it-Track it!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052790 Melissa's bank seemed to have holes in it. Every day when she arrived to work, she asked the same questions of co-workers as if rehearsed. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b209acf-8e87-4393-aa95-302016654498.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "What now," I wondered as I saw her breathlessly approaching. <BR> Instead of customary salutations, she panted and asked, "Do you have an extra dollar I could borrow so I can get some coffee?" .... Next: "Do you have any gum?" .... <BR> She k... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 08:30:28 EST Has Technology Replaced The Need To Speak? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046294 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1359d977-bdee-4e97-ae7b-4e9430835ba3.jpg">...... We need to talk. Oh wait. We stopped doing that. Ok--Guess I need to keep up with technology and the changing times. .... Where have I been? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ea97763-2b1d-41f8-81b0-a932cec3fb91.jpg"> ............ I pass by kids coming home from high school every day. As I sit waiting for the light to change, this is what I see. Every day. My concern is:... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 09:32:01 EST The Bear Who Came Out of Hibernation- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043135 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25e2bd27-1a0c-4a36-8fd6-9254854543d4.jpg"> .......... The past two weeks I found myself feeling much like a bear in hibernation. Sudden change came ....... Icy cold winds ...... But more so than the typical storm front. This was the workplace. It has been grizzley. It was decided that everyone in our department must cross-train and a year ago the mandate came: All will work full time .... or else! ... Many people made their exit .... But th... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 09:14:31 EST -You Were SURE You Wrote a Great Blog- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036043 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/818a3369-322a-4908-818a-bfb027b77c75.jpg"> ........... You just KNOW ... this is it! ... The best blog you have ever written! ....Sure to get applause! ... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/80ed5ac2-83ac-4121-b488-73ef676d3cd7.jpg"> .......... You tell your best Spark bud ......... "Hey Bud! Get a load of this!.. A picture of my sweetie after she had been on Sparks awhile! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 08:22:42 EST -BEWARE Of FOOD Pushers!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032488 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc977307-da3b-409c-a0aa-d33eedf5981c.jpg"> ......... Just think of how far you have come ... Even if you recently started. You have made a decision for health and fitness. You are solid and nobody is going to stop you! ..... But you know in war, one 'must' know their enemy. It is essential to executing better strategy than your opponent if you know how they work. .... FOOD PUSHERS can be anyone from a sweet little Grandma to a 'best friend'... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 11:21:14 EST -Don't Buy Into Free Food- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028586 It is good to remember the goals in this busy holiday season, the time of year that has a seasonal burst of tantalizing teasers ........ sugary delights brought into the office for one ... somehow it is easy to feel we have been given a 'pass' to go ahead and engage. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f17d81a5-575d-453f-920d-e45bef4bc75f.jpg"> ..... Let's visit a typical scenario in any part of the country, shall we? ..... <BR> Jane and Jennifer, long time friends... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 08:31:03 EST